Sunday, December 18, 2016

Australian Women Writers' Challenge 2016 - Challenge Completed

I always like to set goals at the beginning of the New Year - particularly with regard to health and reading.  I've met a few challenges this year walking wise with the aid of my beautiful hound Arwen.  

With regards to reading, one of  my favourite goals is the Australian Women Writers Challenge.  

I hoped to read 10 books this year and write 5 reviews for them.  I think I may have fallen short of my goal in the reading department. And while I'm pretty sure I met the writing reviews goal, I confess that some of my reviews are on the short side.  

Here's my year in reading AWW.


The House of Memories by Monica McInerney

I didn't really write a review for this.  This was what I said at the beginning "Oh now this is a nice easy read and not predictable...well not yet anyway..."...I remember being a bit cross with the lead character by the end...she was so unforgiving and I think the other characters (step-brother from memory???) went to a lot of trouble over her and I wondered if that would happen in real life....anyway....not a stand out book for me but not unbearable.


Small Acts of Disappearance by Fiona Wright

Link to my review on Goodreads.


Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

Link to my review on Goodreads


Violent Exposure (Detective Ella Marconi #4)

Link to my review on Goodreads


Suri's Wall

Link to my review on Goodreads



Link to my review on Goodreads


The Promise Seed

Link to my review on Goodreads


Between a Wolf and a Dog

Link to my review on Goodreads



Link to my review on Goodreads


Hades (Archer & Bennett, #1)

Link to my review on Goodreads

Oh my goodness!  Look at that !  I met my goal in terms of reading!  In fact...I exceeded it!

Here's a gratuitous photo of me on a glacier taken by my father earlier this year on a fabulous holiday.  I looked pretty pleased with myself don't I?


A Few Days in the Country: And Other Stories

Link to my review on Goodreads


Everywhere I Look

I'm not going to link to my review on Good Reads because it is ridiculously short.  It's a one-word review- and the word is???? Wonderful!  

Oh and when I first started reading it, I logged the comment - God it's great to be reading a good book.  

I have to say that I am in love with Helen Garner's writing.  I didn't think much of The Spare Room but I have gobbled up everything I have read of hers since.


Not Just Black and White

Link to my review on Goodreads


Joe Cinque's Consolation, A True Story of Death, Grief and the Law

Link to my review on Goodreads

So that's my year in reading.  I really stepped outside my normal reading boundaries.  I read my first graphic novel. I read a supernatural YA regency novel.  I read crime. I read short stories. I read essays.  I had never read 11/13 authors before.

Did I have a favourite?  Oh this is so hard - Fiona Wright's work is so so smart, so insightful, so thoughtful - I am in awe of her self-knowledge.  And then I really loved Not just black and white - what a story! And what a wonderful tribute to the relationship between mother and daughter - powerful stuff.  But Helen Garner's Joe Cinque's Consolation takes the cake for me because it is ultimately a work of love - beautifully constructed, from the heart, seeking the truth and revealing love. Just beautiful.

Thank you AWW Challenge for taking me beyond my normal reading boundaries and for introducing me to so many good authors.

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